(A)   Application. This section shall apply to all persons, firms, partnerships, associations, corporations, company or organizations of any kind connected to the public water system or using water therefrom (hereafter, users).
   (B)   Declaration of need. Upon determining that the town public water system is in imminent danger of a shortage of water or is experiencing a shortage of water, the governing body shall declare a water conservation emergency and establish the appropriate conservation measures and the duration thereof.
   (C)   Voluntary conservation. In accordance with division (G) of this section, users shall be requested to reduce water consumption by practicing voluntary conservation techniques. The governing body shall suggest reasonable and meaningful actions which will alleviate existing or potential water shortage.
      (1)   Take baths instead of showers.
      (2)   Do not let the water run when rinsing dishes.
      (3)   Fill bottom of sink with water to rinse dishes.
      (4)   Do not let water run while brushing teeth.
      (5)   Wait until you have a full load for laundry and automatic dishwasher.
      (6)   Fill a pitcher of water and keep in refrigerator for drinking.
      (7)   Install water restricting faucets in the home.
      (8)   Make sure all leaks are fixed in your plumbing system.
   (D)   Mandatory conservation. In accordance with division (G) of this section, users shall be prohibited from the water uses listed below, subject to reasonable terms, times and conditions as the governing body shall determine.
      (1)   Sprinkling, watering or irrigating of shrubbery, trees, grass, ground covers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables or any other vegetation.
      (2)   Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, mobile homes, railroad cars or any other type of mobile equipment.
      (3)   Cleaning or spraying of sidewalks, driveways, paved areas, or other outdoor surfaces.
      (4)   Washing and cleaning of any business equipment or machinery.
      (5)   The filling of swimming pools, wading pools and ornamental fountains.
      (6)   Knowingly allowing leakage through defective plumbing.
   (E)   Rationing. In addition to the mandatory conservation measures identified in division (D) and in accordance with division (G) of this section, users shall be limited to water use per the following schedule:
      (1)   Residential use shall be limited to 100 gallons per person per day.
      (2)   Business, commercial and industrial users shall be limited to 75% of the volume of water used during the corresponding month of the preceding year. Business, commercial or industrial users that were not in business and operating in the area served by the public water system more than one year prior to the declaration of need shall be restricted to 65% of the average monthly volume of water used during the number of months such business, commercial, and industrial user was in business and operating in the public water system area.
   (F)   Exceptions. The governing body of the town reserves the right to establish alternative rationing requirements for the following:
      (1)   Health care providers.
      (2)   A reasonable use of water to maintain adequate health and sanitary standards.
      (3)   Those industrial and agricultural activities declared to be necessary for the public health and well-being.
   (G)   Notice.
      (1)   Notice of voluntary conservation measures shall be by publication in a local newspaper of general circulation or other means as deemed appropriate by the governing body. Said notice shall be effective upon publication.
      (2)   Notice of mandatory conservation or rationing shall be by first class United States mail, or by other door-to-door distribution to each current user, and by electronic and print media. Said notice shall be deemed effective at the conclusion of door-to- door distribution, or at noon of the third day after depositing same in the United States mail.
(Ord. 19-01, passed 4-9-19) Penalty, see § 52.999